It’s summertime, the perfect weather for outdoor dining in Sonoma County. In a previous blog, I shared with you my favorite Napa Valley restaurants. In this blog, I am going to discuss some of my absolute favorite places to dine alfresco, complete with shaded patios and sun-dappled gardens.
Ready? Let’s go…
231 Center St.
The website for this restaurant says “Eat The View.” That pretty much sums it up for this establishment that is part restaurant, part bar, part garden, part art studio, You’ll be dining in this mashup of rural charm and urban sensibilities filled with twinkling lights, carefully curated antiques and breathtaking greenery under tall sycamore trees. There’s incredible food and craft cocktails.
- RUSTIC, Francis’s Favorites
300 Via Archimedes
Geyserville, CA 95441
Drawing on a life that has taken him around the world, Francis Ford Coppola shares his favorite personal recipes at RUSTIC, Francis’s Favorites,the winery’s full-service restaurant. Set in a Sonoma County-casual atmosphere, RUSTIC’s menu embraces international as well as traditional Italian dishes, with an emphasis on family-style cooking that features fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from the property’s organic herb and produce garden. Authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas are also a specialty. Recently voted one of the top 100 outdoor dining restaurants in the U.S. by Open Table, RUSTIC takes full advantage of its scenic Sonoma County setting. The outdoor terrace overlooks the picturesque Alexander Valley and Coppola vineyards.
- Secret Kitchen
4701 Bodega Ave.
Petaluma, CA 94952
The Secret Kitchen is really under-the-radar. You can’t find it, even with Google Maps. But I’ll tell you about it. Located just four miles west of Petaluma, where goats scamper in fields and signs for “lost family pig” aren’t at all unusual. There’s actually no indoor to this walk up spot, but several picnic tables outside make it a delicious grab-n-go destination.
- El Dorado Kitchen
405 First Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476
Dorado Hotel & Kitchen is centrally located in the heart of beautiful Sonoma, right on the corner of the lively and historic Sonoma Square with its bustling activity of the nearby shops, wine tasting rooms, art galleries and more. You’ll feel like a superstar in the courtyard of this award-winning Sonoma restaurant. Excellent food and craft cocktails complement the upscale outdoor cabanas and hotel pool in this very intimate space.
For 38 more delightful and delicious choices of outdoor dining in Sonoma County, read this article in Sonoma Magazine. If you want to enjoy alfresco dining on the veranda or terrace of your own Sonoma County home, check out my comprehensive website and see what’s on the market in Sonoma and Napa Valleys today. Call me at 707-953-9456 or contact me via email. I have access to some extraordinary wine country wineries, vineyards, estates and homes in the area. Bon appétit!